West Melton Primary School years seven and eight Hip Hop students placed first and second at the annual Primary Schools Sport Aerobics and Dance Competition

West Melton dancers excel

by Ann van Engelen

The students in years seven and eight at West Melton Primary School took out first and second place in the Hip Hop competition last Thursday at the annual Primary Schools Sport Aerobics and Dance Competition.

“There were 174 athletes from 15 schools in the Hip Hop competition and 50 athletes from five schools in the aerobics events,” said Primary and Canterbury AIMS sports director Lyn Miles.

“It was a really good day and very entertaining. The children were extremely excited to perform as they have done so much training. The judges were very impressed with the standard of each team, and it was very difficult for them to decide the winners.”

Four teams from each category were called back to present a second performance to determine the overall winners.

“The event was held at the Hornby High School auditorium, and it was full, with students and spectators. The teams wanted to watch everybody else present their dances as well, not just perform. They were so supportive and encouraging of other contestants with clapping and cheering — you don’t often see that. There was a very exciting atmosphere throughout the day.

“The West Melton Hip Hop students are taught by a teacher at the school, not a dance coach, which made it even more special for them. Our New Zealand Hip Hop and Aerobics teams do so well overseas in competitions, and it is great to see such a high standard being performed at home through our schools.”